Opinion

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Letter: All facts needed in Seymour incorporation discussion

Your front page article by Jeff Farrell in the Feb. 9 issue was good reporting. I think it presented the facts as a journalist should, and I commend Mr. Farrell for a job well done. In that article, you quoted some commissioners saying they talked with no one for (incorporation). I have talked with numerous voters who are divided into “for” and “against” but mostly “want to hear the whole story.”


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:33 PM

Letter: Thanks for the story on Cristin Sutphin

Thank you to Jake Old for a lovely article about beautiful Cristin Sutphin (Feb. 23).


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:32 PM

Letter: Government interfered with VW union vote

Volkswagen labor official (Mr. Osterloh  of VW’s work council) threatens action to block further investments in US South. He complained that conservatives stirred up massive anti-union sentiments. He said all options will be examined to introduce a works council at the only VW plant worldwide without a formal worker representation. I say, maybe VW is one who cares about employees and the middle class.


Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Editorial: Fear should not be the motivation for Seymour incorporation

If residents of Seymour are going to make their community into a city, they should do so to gain new services and not out of fear that they could be annexed by Sevierville, Knoxville, or any other place without consent or warning.


Feb. 25, 2014 @ 11:58 PM

Editorial: Helping to prevent drug-related deaths

Fatal overdose related to opium-based painkillers has spiked across Tennessee in recent years, as have heroin-related deaths in the states bigger cities.


Feb. 24, 2014 @ 12:52 AM

Sevier County Teachers of the Year deserve credit for exemplary work

Most teachers choose to enter their profession because they want to make a difference.


Feb. 21, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Though the national and local economies may not have totally recovered from the recession, Pigeon Forge keeps improving its own financial standing, thanks to increased tourism and thriving business.



Feb. 21, 2014 @ 11:01 PM

Letter: Reader dislikes story placement


Feb. 20, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Editorial: State’s new ‘Transparent Tennessee’ website looks good at first glance

Often promised but only occasionally delivered, transparency in government is a great thing.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Editorial: Make preparations now before spring storms come

As the bad weather that rolled through Wednesday morning demonstrated, danger can come quickly to East Tennessee.


Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Reader fears religious freedoms are threatened

Over the past few years, American citizens have repeatedly been reassured by our President and his leadership that “If we like our insurance, we can keep our insurance. If we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor; period.”


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Editorial: Lawmakers' plan to change time needs further study

Does anyone actually like the spring-forward effect of daylight saving time? Probably not.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Letter: Support for medical marijuana growing

I found Sunday’s editorial, “Firm in their faith,” informative. According to a recent poll (conducted by MTSU of 600 Tennessee adults), nearly 80 percent of those responding believe that medical marijuana should be legal in the Volunteer State. Although the scripture was not quoted, I suspect the editorial’s title was a reference to Genesis 1:11.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Letter: Reader says ‘no’ to Common Core

Common Core is unacceptable. This top-down, bureaucratic takeover of local schools must be stopped.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Ask the doc: Do doctors still enjoy the profession?

Q: Do the physicians you know still enjoy being in medicine with all of the changes that are occurring?


Feb. 17, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Editorial: Most citizens want reforms of government spying programs

With the revelations last year of the federal government’s intrusion into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, something interesting happened.


Feb. 17, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Statewide poll shows Christian belief shapes stance on issues

In spite of a move away from organized religion in much of the country, Tennessee is still firmly evangelical Christian, according to a recent MTSU poll. And that faith shapes the way the state leans on hot-button issues, the finds show.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Letter: Reader thanks Sevier County citizens for help

My brother-in-law, Ronnie Newman, died on Feb. 3. His life insurance policy had not been in effect long enough to pay, and his family was devastated by the cost for his funeral.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Letter: Reader disagrees with officials’ ‘job lock’ claims

Understanding Democrat terminology: Job Lock — A full time job with the benefits that you have had for more than one year and is reasonably secure. Not good.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

School systems’ decisions on when to close school for weather events are often roundly criticized.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Letter: Sevier officials should work to curb littering

The litter and trash situation along our county’s byways is unconscionable.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Editorial: Laws limiting concealed carry only limit those who obey

A state debate on the rights of permitted Tennesseans to carry guns in city and municipal parks turned up a notch Thursday.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Smokies' Curatorial Collections Facility will help preserve history

Last week’s announcement that the long planned archival facility for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had been approved is great news for fans of the park and local history.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Letter: Sevierville could cut other costs beside trolley route

First, Sevierville BOMA (Board of Mayor and Aldermen) decides to add a restaurant tax on the locals. Now they have decided to leave 34,000 citizens out in the cold by dropping the courthouse trolley route.